Bath Ovals are all-butter, large, crisp, neutral flavored biscuits for cheese. Sometimes they are known as "Bath Oliver Biscuits" after their creator Dr. William Oliver. He created these large sugar-free biscuits in the 1750's for his patients who came to Bath, England, to take in the spa waters. Originally, patients would receive a "bath bun" which was a sugary, butter pastry. Unfortunately, it was too rich for rheumatic patients, so the the classic Bath Oliver Biscuit was born! The secret recipe nearly died with Dr William Oliver, but, luckily, he confided the recipe to his coachman who opened a bakery after the doctor's passing.
In their cheese shop based in Bath, England, The Fine Cheese Co. first began making their own premium line of crackers after wondering why there are so many great cheeses, and so few great crackers to go with them. To that end, they've developed their English line, a neutral selection of crackers that don't impose themselves on the cheeses.